East Linn Christian Academy senior Taylor Becker, 18, of Lebanon, was awarded a scholarship for his efforts in running a small business.
Becker was awarded a National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation advocacy young entrepreneur award.
“I own an eBay store and buy, sell and ship worldwide,” Becker said.
He uses the online auction site to sell clothes he buys from thrift stores at a marked up price. But it’s still less expensive than brand new clothes, he said.
“Business is something I am interested in, and of course I have my own,” he said. “Come to find out, I was pretty well qualified (for the scholarship).”
Becker keeps busy with school and competes on the cross country, basketball and track teams at ELCA.
“You have to balance your time,” he said. “It was cool to be recognized for also being able to run my own small business.”
He got the idea from his mother, who used that business model as her sole form of employment, he said.
“It’s been a challenge keeping up with it,” Becker said. “Definitely, learned some organizational skills. It’s been a stretch to keep my store
For the scholarship, Becker wrote an essay describing his business strategy and what he’s done.
He plans to attend Biola University in the fall and will either major in political science and minor in business, or he may change the major to business and minor in political science, he said.
“I’ll probably end up doing both of them, but for now political science is my major,” Becker said.
He has been in business for about two years and has sold about $9,000 worth of merchandise in those two years, he said.
“I’ve done pretty good,” he said.